Henry David Thoreau
I have been busy, and then at the end of the day I sometimes wonder where the day has gone and what do I have to show for my efforts. Now that I am not so young anymore (notice I am NOT admitting to being old) it becomes more and more important to make each day count. Sometimes not doing something can be important too. The need for perspective is clear. As an artist I learned how to draw with perspective, it is a concept that can be taught and applied. Can I also apply a perspective vision of past, present and future to my daily tasks with equal clarity? OK, that's enough deep thinking for now, don't want to put you in a brain fog from too much navel gazing.
|Balancing Act Alternate Blocks|
I do have a few things that I have been working on to share. The stack of rectangles above will be added to the Balancing Act Blocks on my design wall. I haven't been in the mood to arrange and re-arrange them yet. I have been in the mood to do some cutting, just what I need to do start more projects. HA!
|Paired Squares of Christmas Prints|
Here is a stack of starched and pressed Christmas Prints. After a couple of seams and a couple of cuts they look like this:
|Christmas Blocks Cut Apart|
Then with a little more sewing and trimming they turn out like this:
|Before and After Trimming|
They are one of the projects in this book. Since I have more Christmas fabric than will fit into not one but two 50 gallon totes I have been trying to piece at least one Christmas quilt a year. I'm sure some of this fabric is from the 80's. This block is called Anita's Arrowhead and is from this book:
|Anita Solomon's Book|
I'm not sure yet is I like her method for this block. It has all bias edges but the first thing you do is starch the fabric so the stretch is minimal so far. I'll be able to tell more when I sew them together. Not all of the blocks in the book end up with bias edges. The one on the cover doesn't.
|Big and Little Triangles|
As if that wasn't enough cutting going on I've also been hacking on these fabrics. The large rose print was from a dress I made my oldest to wear to her eighth grade dance. I have destroyed the dress now and have turned it and the remnants from making it into these and also some squares and rectangles for another project. I found some pinks and other prints with roses to add to the mix.
|Quite a Stack of Triangles|
Yep, it'll be queen size. I need to get over this bed size quilt thing I've had going for a while now. Sure they use more fabric up but they take soooo long to make. I'll share what the block looks like when I get a few together. I'm thinking it needs some green too. What do you think?